Bajrang Dal Members Rough Up Prakash Jha, Smear His Face With Ink; Know Why
Bhopal: A group of Bajrang Dal members went on a rampage on the set of a web series being shot, roughed up filmmaker Prakash Jha and smeared his face with ink here on Sunday, the cops said.
Witnesses shot videos on mobile phones showing crew members being chased down and beaten up mercilessly with a metal light stand by Bajrang Dal members.
According to the right-wing group members, Prakash Jha’s web series Ashram starring Bobby Deol was an assault on Hinduism and they will not allow its filming until the title was changed.
Jha, who has not lodged a complaint regarding the matter yet, has assured to change the name of the series, said a Bajrang Dal leader.
A mob of the right-wing group members launched the attack in the evening, chanting slogans “Prakash Jha Murdabad”, “Bobby Deol Murdabad” and “Jai Shri Ram”.
“They made Ashram 1, Ashram 2 and were shooting Ashram 3 here. Prakash Jha showed in Ashram that the guru was abusing women. Does he have the guts to make such a film on a church or madrasa? Who does he think he is?” Bajrang Dal leader Sushil Sudeley was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
“Bajrang Dal challenges him, we won’t let him make this film. So far we have just blackened Prakash Jha’s face. We are looking for Bobby Deol. He should learn something from his brother (Sunny Deol). He made such patriotic movies,” Sudeley added.